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Qurratulain (Annie) Zaman

Annie Zaman has been working as a journalist and researcher for more than 10 years in Pakistan, Germany and Britain. She reports on political and social issues and gather more voices in support of a progressive and tolerant global society.

After working as a full-time journalist at Pakistan’s Daily Times and Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, Annie moved on to more adventurous projects with various advocacy groups and rights of journalists in conflict zones. She worked with the Rory Peck Trust as an Asia-lead to support the safety and welfare of freelance newsgatherers from Asia.

At the time of the general election 2013 in Pakistan, she launched a virtual newsroom for citizen journalists under the umbrella of PakVotes (PV). PV brought social media platforms together with a network of reporters to track violence during Pakistan’s elections. She is consulting editor of PakVoices, which has grown into a digital community media project for local transparency in governance in Southern Punjab and Makran Coast.

She is a regular contributor to Global Voices, co-editor of GV-Urdu, and speaks English, German, Urdu and Punjabi. She is currently based out of Yangon, Myanmar.
She tweets at @natrani.

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Latest posts by Qurratulain (Annie) Zaman

What International Women's Day looked like around the world in 2021

"Although COVID-19 dampened participation in many countries, women still raised their voices on the streets on different continents, especially as the pandemic has worsened inequalities faced by women."

Journalists face sedition charges under cybercrime law in Pakistan

"The alarming increase in such actions against journalists confirms that the government is bent on muzzling freedom of expression."

Activists demand end to year-long internet disruption in Myanmar's Rakhine and Chin States

In the middle of a global pandemic, access to information is even more critical than usual.

Pakistan blocks Twitter, Zoom and Periscope to curb critical voices

In mid-May, Twitter, Zoom and Persicope were either blocked or throttled across Pakistan. Activists say the move was meant to target a few web conferences on human rights issues.

Baloch journalist found dead in Sweden

In recent months, several Pakistani activists and bloggers living in Europe have claimed to have been targeted for speaking up against human rights violations in Pakistan.

Pakistani human rights activist who challenged military is arrested

Manzoor Ahmad Pashteen, a young a human rights activist from South Waziristan, Pakistan, has been arrested for alleged conspiracy and sedition.

Pakistani director halts release of award-winning film after receiving threats

"They are holding a film hostage for all the wrong reasons and there is nothing we can do about it."

#iamrabipirzada campaign supports Pakistani actress Rabi Pirzada after nude photos leaked

The Rabi Pirzada incident shows how people are personally attacked for their freedom of expression in Pakistan.

Pakistan's government suspends relations with India in show of solidarity with Kashmiris

After Narendra Modi's government in India scrapped Article 370, many Pakistanis asked the ruling party to take action.

‘The external world doesn't know how rich Nepali literature is': An interview with author Dr. Sangita Swechcha

"Not only is [the number of] Nepali writers who write in English slowly growing but the translation of literary works from Nepali to other languages is gaining momentum too."

‘A dangerous trend': Pakistani journalists critical of the government and military targeted in Twitter campaign

As if threats from the authorities against press freedom in Pakistan were not  enough, online nationalist vigilantes are also on the pry against journalists.

Tensions mount between Pakistan and India after retaliatory manoeuvres by both nations

The current situation represents the biggest escalation of tensions between the two South Asian nuclear-armed rivals in over three decades.

Biryani Stories: Is Biryani the national dish of Pakistan?

Biriyani might be considered the king of South Asian cuisine, but is it the national dish of Pakistan?

Pashtun human rights activist detained at Islamabad airport, released after social media pressure

Gulalai Ismail is a well-known Pashtun human rights activist and founder of Seeds of Peace network.

Pakistan government's pro-minority stance questioned as Ahmadi economist's appointment is revoked

The appointment of Ahmadi Muslim economist Dr. Atif Mian to a government Council sparked a social media smear campaign, and right-wing religious parties threatened nationwide protests.

Research reveals malicious digital campaign against Pakistani human rights defenders

The Amnesty International report reveals that a network of social media fake accounts are used to infiltrate the activists communities in Pakistan.

Remembering Pakistan's Empowering Human Rights Activist Asma Jahangir

"Even in her death, she did not conform to the established code. Resistance, thy name is Asma."

Nina Paley's ‘Seder-Masochism’ Film Explores Patriarchy in the Book of Exodus Through Animated Ancient Idols

"My interpretation of Exodus is that it's the establishment of complete patriarchy, the elimination of any remaining goddess-worship from older times."

Crowdfunded Rescue Saves French Mountaineer on Pakistan's Nanga Parbat, but Her Climbing Partner Is Left Behind

"The Heroes of Nanga parbat Polish climbers who stopped their K2 climb and saved life on killer mountain in the darkness...You showed the world what a human life means"

Since 2016, Myanmar Courts Have Convicted 100% of People Charged Under Telecom Law 66 (d)

"Every court has given a prison sentence and none has given a fine."

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